Thursday, 17 September 2015

MAC Matte Collection: Whirl & Honeylove


It seems like almost every girl has a MAC lippy knocking about in their makeup bags, and I am not an exception.
I have two things I usually look for in a lipstick: nude tones and matte finish, so imagine my excitement when MAC announced the release of their Matte Collection earlier this summer.
Not only were a few familiar shades in there but new shades too, like Whirl & Stone (Stone is next to buy on my wishlist) which are re-inventions of the coveted lip-liner shades.

It's basically a whole heap of lipstick happiness that's happening.

The two that I have picked up are Whirl and Honeylove - both are nude shades which makes them perfect for me to wear every day! Whirl is such an interesting colour and I've seen it look so different on different people. It's described as 'Dirty Rose' but I've got olive-based warm-toned skin and on me Whirl is a dusty rose shade but has more deeper brown tones to it also. 
It's such a flattering shade, and I'm sure you'll see me wearing it a lot this autumn on my Instagram.

Honeylove is my bae of a lipstick. The go-to. The one that's always lurking in my handbag. It's described as 'Light Beige Toned with Rose' and on my warmer toned skin it's the perfect daily nude. It's definitely got a pink hint to it, but if you're medium/warm toned then it might work really well for you too! I prefer this to paler or pinker nudes and I find it lasts quite a while on my lips.

What's your favourite MAC lipstick? Did you buy any of the Matte Collection?
Let me know! xx

P.S Sorry I was a naughty blogger and used my lipstick before taking photos... Oops!

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

The Thigh Is The Limit


If you follow me on twitter, or work in my local Russell & Bromley store, you'll know that my dream shoes are the Stuart Weitzman Highland boots.
My Pinterest is filled with pins of them being styled by those more fortunate - check out my shoe board here - because to me they are the most perfectly crafted thigh-high boot I've seen in so long.
HOWEVER, this isn't a wishlist post, nor is it me moaning about the £650 price tag and wistfully doodling "Mrs Lucy Weitzman" all over my notebook 
(not that I do that... of course...
Because I've found these alternatives which are a pretty amazing dupe if you ask me.

These beauties are from H&M (you can buy them here) and fit so well and close to the leg which is a huge plus for me as I tend to find longer boots can be a bit loose on my calves. The material is very soft but doesn't feel it's going to scratch super easily like some faux suedes do. For me the lace up detailing at the top of the boot is what links them to the style of the Highland boot, it adds a further detail and also allows for changing how tight fitting it is above the knee.
And, and it's a big AND, they are only £39.99.

It's not just the boots I'm lusting over in this post, as I've been gifted this beautiful Soraya Crop Scallop Two Piece in Nude* from Manchester brand Luxêmme, and the neutral colours paired perfectly with the grey of the boots. The material of this co-ord feels really quality, and the satin lining is a really nice touch as not a lot of retailers do line their clothes. The colour makes this a great addition to a neutral wardrobe, but I have to say the skirt is veeeeery short and feels a bit of a tighter fit than the top. I'm much more of a midi skirt kind of girl nowadays!

To finish off the look, one of my fave buys from the summer, my Vila White Biker Jacket from ASOS. It just pulls the whole neutral theme together and is the perfect jacket to transition into the colder months with. I'm going to still try and add in this white jacket to my winter 'drobe, but I know I'm not the only one to veer towards darker colours as the days grow shorter.

You can find the pieces I am wearing & buy from Luxêmme here:
Plus, get 10% off of your order with code: lucycynthia

What are your thoughts on this look? Do you love tall boots or are you an ankle boot kind of gal? Are co-ords your thing?
Let me know! xx

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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Team Blonde: Haircare for Bleached Hair


Naturally I'm a very dark brunette but I fancied a big change, and although my complexion is the sort of mixture of tones and shades that mean full-on blonde probably won't ever suit me, I thought that a well done ombré would tick all my boxes.
I loved getting my hair done professionally, and honestly I don't think it could have been in a better condition post-bleaching. I once made a vow, yes a vow, to myself, never to self-bleach again after the horror several years ago that was white roots, yellow top half, bright orange mid lengths and a healthy mixture of red and black ends. 
Noooot a good look for me.

I was also a very lucky girl in that the salon I went to is one of the few salons in the UK that offer Olaplex as a part of the colour change process. Olaplex basically protects the hair and actually goes some way to repairing it even during bleaching and extreme colour changes. This is a really good video by ElleBangs that is really informative about Olaplex and why I was so excited to be able to have it used on my hair!

But what about now I'm out of the salon and have to fend for my hair's life myself?!
I left after having my hair done feeling super happy about how light we had managed to get my hair in that one session, but there was still some coppery/warmer tones left behind in my hair.
So I bought myself PROVOKE Touch of Silver Brightening ShampooJohn Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Shampoo and John Frieda Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Conditioner.
These are all purple based products which counteract yellow and brassy tones by leaving traces of semi-permanent purple dye in the hair. So simple, yet so effective... I am so impressed with how well this combination of products has worked, and all of them are a THIRD of what most salon products are priced at.

The PROVOKE shampoo has worked amazingly almost as a colour correcting hair mask, where twice a week I'll use it as a shampoo but instead of washing it out straight away I like to put on a shower cap (and look fab while doing so can I add) and leave it in for up to 20 minutes. I've found it does dry my hair out ever so slightly, but with the John Frieda conditioner my hair is instantly moisturised so this hasn't been a huge deal.
Talking of that conditioner *insert heart eyed emoji* I AM OBSESSED. It's a soft lilac colour so seals in the purple shampoo's hard work, and makes my hair in the best condition it's been for a very long time.
Coupled with the John Frieda shampoo, it's a complete and utter winner for me.

The only thing I have to do now is try not to overuse these products and end up with purple toned hair!

Have you used any of these and loved/hated them? Have you had any hair disasters like me?
I'd love to know your thoughts xx

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